Welcome to Havdalah Drasha
Havdalah is the celebration at the end of Shabbat (Sabbath) that was given to the Jews in the Torah. DRASHA means a study or interpretation of a religious text. We see this happening in Acts 20:7 as Paul is doing a drasha probably out of the weekly reading from Torah called a Parsha. Reading of the weekly Parasha has been a Jewish practice since Ezra restored the temple after the Jewish return from captivity in Babylon. We read in Luke 4:18 that Yeshua (Jesus) read from a Haftarah, which is also part of the weekly study, as he reads Isaiah 61 at the end of the Sabbath morning meeting in the synagogue. He was able to give this reading because he was a Rabbi and honored to read from the Tanakh or scriptures.
Havdalah means separation and sadly for the last 1700 years the church has been separated from its Jewish root missing out on a lot of precious understanding of the character of God as a result. Paul tells us in Romans 11:18 that it is the “root that supports you” which means that Israel and the Jewish faith and the Torah are our foundation. When Paul or Jesus spoke of the Scriptures they were quoting from the Parashat or Haftarah in most cases. For the first 60 years of the church the Apostles and disciples were mostly Jewish, as was Paul, in their practices and understandings. It was primarily the ministry of Paul, formerly a Jewish Pharasee, that reached out to the gentiles.
Havdalah Drasha will provide Jews and Gentiles an opportunity to observe the Parashat and examine their relevance to the difficult times we face today. We will see how Paul and Yeshua (Jesus) would have understood these Scriptures which will help us understand their application to the difficult challenges of life today. Most of all as we put aside the things that divided us in the past we will see how the Jews and the Gentiles are grafted together in this important time in the Eternal plan of G-d.
Yeshua and his disciples followed common Jewish practice in their teaching and the great commission calls us to do what any Jew would do in Yeshua's day and that is become a disciple of a trusted teacher so that we might grow in our faith and experience the joyful and exuberant worship that comes from a closer walk with HaShem (LORD).
The trusted teacher that this site will focus on is Yeshua or Jesus and Havdalahdrasha.org will provide studies or drasha from a Jewish and Christian or Messianic perspective to help both Jews and Gentiles dig deeper into the truth of G-d's Word.
Yeshua never came to set aside the relationship G-d had with His elect and replace it with a NEW RELIGION. He came to UNITE the Jew and the Gentile. As you dig into the things presented in this site it is our hope that both our Jewish and Gentile guests will discover that it has never been G-d's plan to separate us into two groups. Both now worship the one true G-d called the Great I AM in the Bible.